François Blais is the last Dean of Université Laval’s Faculty of Social Sciences and the father of five children.He was elected deputy of Charlesbourg on April 7, 2014.
François Blais has a Bachelor of Social Work from Université Laval (1983). He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Philosophy (Ethics, Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy) at Université du Québec à Montréal. Following his postdoctoral studies, he returned to Quebec as a political science professor. He taught at a number of universities, touching upon subjects as diverse as the history of political ideas, income security policy changes and economic and social ethics.
François Blais has been a professor at Université Laval and Dean of it's Faculty of Social Sciences, one of the university’s largest faculties with five departments (Anthropology, Economics, Industrial Relations, Political Science and Sociology) and two schools (Psychology and Social Service). First a teacher and researcher, he has proven to be a manager of vision and a highly driven, skilled leader in his role as Dean. Publically, he is also a dedicated intellectual who is never afraid to take a stand on difficult issues that affect changes in public policies on equity and social justice.
In addition to his professor duties, François Blais has been involved in many organizations over the years. He was chairman of the Université Laval’s Comité de direction de la Chaire sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires and the Comité de direction de l’Observatoire démographique et statistique de l’espace francophone and the President of the Comité institutionnel sur la situation des étudiants autochtones at the university.